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Consumer Demand for Non-Alcoholic Cocktails Rising as Nearly Half of Americans Try to Reduce Alcohol

New Research Finds People Willing to Pay More for CBD-Infused, Mood-Boosting Drinks

NEWS PROVIDED BY Veylinx | PRNewswire -- Nov 28, 2022

New research from consumer insights platform Veylinx suggests that abstinence events like "Dry January" are more than just a social media fad. More than three-quarters of Americans say they've temporarily given up alcohol for at least a month in the past. Almost half (46%) of drinkers are trying to reduce their alcohol consumption right now, and 52% of them are replacing alcohol with non-alcoholic beverages. Consumers identified improving their physical health and mental wellbeing as the main reasons for drinking less.

"Driven by younger consumers, the non-alcoholic beer, wine and cocktails category is surging in popularity. People trying to cut down their drinking are finding more and more alternatives on retail shelves and in bars and restaurants," said Anouar El Haji, CEO of Veylinx. "Our research found that they're willing to pay premium prices for non-alcoholic versions of ready-to-drink cocktails. The rise of the 'sober curious' movement gives brands countless opportunities for growth in this segment."

Veylinx, which uses behavioral research to measure consumer purchasing habits, tested the fast-growing non-alcoholic canned cocktails market to learn who is buying these drinks and why. The study also measured demand for versions enhanced with functional benefits like mood boosters, detoxifiers and CBD.

Overall, people who currently drink alcohol are actually willing to pay more for non-alcoholic canned cocktails than non-drinkers. And people who say they want to reduce their alcohol consumption do indeed show stronger demand for non-alcoholic cocktails.

  • For these consumers, demand for non-alcoholic canned cocktails is 13% higher than demand for the version containing alcohol.

  • At premium price points, the disparity between consumers who are trying to drink less and the general population is even more pronounced: demand from these consumers for non-alcoholic canned cocktails is 71% higher at $20 for a four-pack.

CBD, Mood Boosters, and Other Variations

Among the canned non-alcoholic cocktails tested, CBD and mood boost versions perform best, while natural detox and zero-calorie variations lag behind. Adding CBD to a $12 four-pack of non-alcoholic canned cocktails increases demand by 13%, and adding natural mood boosters increases demand by 9%. For men, the CBD-enhanced version is the most popular, driving 16% more demand than a standard non-alcoholic cocktail. The zero-calorie variation generates the most demand among women, outperforming the base version by 14%.


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